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The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of the Acre, the autumn of Tripoli, the impression in Baghdad of occasions in Syria; those and different occurring have been faithfully recorded through Arab historians throughout the centuries of the Crusades. For the 1st time modern bills of the combating among Muslim and Christian were translated into English, and the Western reader can examine 'the different aspect' of the Holy War.

Seventeen authors are represented within the extracts during this paintings, that have been drawn from quite a few sorts of ancient writings. The excerpts are taken first of all from the overall histories of the Muslim global, then from chronicles of towns, areas and their dynasties, and at last from biographies or files of the deeds of yes individuals. The Arab histories of the Crusades examine favorably with their Christian opposite numbers of their wealthy accumulation of fabric and chronological details. one other in their advantages is their trustworthy characterization, which they practiced within the short yet illuminating sketches of enemy leaders: Baldwin II's shrewdness, Richard Coeur de Lion's prowess in struggle, the indomitable strength of Conrad of Motferrat, Frederick II's international relations. The chronicles are beneficiant, certainly, with their praises of the nice champions of the Muslim resistance, in particular of Saladin, who towers especially the opposite leaders in heroic stature. even if, this booklet supplies a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades obvious via Arab eyes.

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